Working with a recruitment consultant
Working with a recruitment consultant
We thought it might be helpful for you to know how to maximise the benefits of using a recruitment consultant. Of course, it's our job to find the best person for each role, but by partnering with a recruiting expert, you will have an advocate who will promote your strengths and expertise to potential employers.
Recruitment is a people business, so we're passionate about creating valuable relationships with everyone we work with. We want to ensure you find the right job that fits your career plans and ticks as many boxes for you as possible. We pride (and measure) ourselves on great service because you might be looking one day again, and we want it to be Hays that you contact.
Benefits of an expert recruiter
Sometimes we make our job look easy, but our expert recruiters invest many hours in building relationships with employers so that when they think of hiring, they call us. We work hard to find out the best candidates on the market and who will be the best fit for their organisation and the role.
We make a point of getting to know our clients, so as well as promoting you to potential employers, we can give you advice on what it's like to work at the organisation you're applying for and the type of questions you are likely to be asked in the interview.
Your consultant will understand the special terminology of your industry, how your particular job works and where your skills are most suited to the potential job. We can also advise you on how to remedy gaps in your industry knowledge.
Insights gained from our research provide us with in-depth knowledge on the type of salary you can expect from a new role, and we can also provide advice on what you need to do to secure higher remuneration.
We understand the importance of social media in your job search and can advise you on your brand and online profile so that you can make a good impression on a prospective employer. In addition, our unique relationship with
LinkedIn allows us to access the platform further to connect millions of people globally with relevant job opportunities, materials, and employment-related content. This can be of great value when it comes to your career advancement.
As the first recruitment company to reach over three million followers on LinkedIn, the connections of our followers ensure we get more organisations and employers than any other recruiter. Our presence on LinkedIn includes professional groups offering industry insights, expert advice to job seekers, and job opportunities so that you can join one of our groups for the latest relevant updates.
This is also critical since not all vacancies are advertised, and therefore our proactive consultants regularly find out about available roles for you through our networks. Having access to this information will help you access these hidden opportunities.
We aim for a "win-win" situation between candidate and company. It is our role to ensure we provide an impressive shortlist of candidates who meet the vacancy criteria. However, it is sometimes not possible to submit all suitable candidates, as the company wants a limited shortlist to save them time. We must therefore determine the strongest candidates. But even if one initial role is not right for you, we will remember you when other relevant roles come along.
On meeting with you, your consultant will give you feedback on your interview technique and CV layout. It is our role to ensure you have all the information about a role to decide whether you are interested.
If you are, thorough details regarding the position and the company are given to ensure you have the best chance of securing the role. If you have not been to an interview for a long period, we provide pre-interview coaching to improve your chances.
Employers are always keen to understand how you thought your interview went, so please immediately provide feedback to your consultant to establish your interest in them and the role.
If you are not a successful candidate, we will give you feedback from the company as to why you were not selected. If you are the lucky one, we will negotiate to secure the package you are after without jeopardising the offer of employment.
Developing a partnership
We are there to guide and assist you, and the better we understand your career objectives, the more likely we can help you achieve them. Therefore, we want to collaborate with you to get the best results possible.
Please keep us informed as to which jobs appeal and which do not. Never go on an interview to make us happy - go on it because you are interested. If you are in a temporary assignment, let us know how to contact you. Also, advise us if you are nearing the final stage with another role.
Please let us know your honest salary and benefits expectations throughout the negotiation process to ensure there is no misunderstanding when we speak to employers.
We are available for your initial interview between 8 am - 6 pm and would appreciate it if you could meet with us within these timeframes. It is impossible to meet with large numbers of candidates after hours, as it is also our role to attend networking and client functions to maximise the number of roles we offer you.
Of course, we do see some candidates out of these hours, but these timeslots get snapped up very quickly.
We can tell your story to potential companies by building a trusting relationship with us. We will advise you of every role before submitting your resume (unless you have agreed otherwise). You can be sure your current employer will not find out about your job search through us. No reference check would be taken up with them until you advise us we can do so.
If you're unsure about leaving your current job, we are more than happy to discuss the available trends and types of roles. You should not book a whole interview slot but instead request a discussion during which we can assist you in determining whether you are better off moving or staying where you are.
Above all, we are passionate about people, and our enthusiasm compels us to match the right person to the right job. We believe this is fundamental to improving lives and allows people to be all they can be. We look forward to working with you to help you achieve your full potential.